Is Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Right for You?
Dr. Hicken is the only surgeon in Cache Valley who treats early hip problems and total hip replacements with arthroscopic techniques. If you’re experiencing hip pain, Dr. Hicken can help. A minimally invasive hip replacement, when compared to a traditional hip replacement, can decrease your recovery time significantly and get you back to your daily activities much more quickly.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement vs. Traditional Hip Replacement: What’s the Difference?
A traditional hip replacement is when a 10-12 inch incision is made to view the area where the hip prosthesis will be placed. The muscles are split and detached, allowing the surgical team to fully view the hip joint and continue the surgery. With a minimally invasive hip replacement, the incisions are much smaller with less of the tissue surrounding the joint damaged.
Am I a Candidate?
Minimally invasive procedures are not recommended for everyone. Dr. Hicken will provide a thorough evaluation when determining which type of surgery will be the best option for you.
Great candidates for this procedure tend to be healthier, younger, and maintain a healthy weight. These candidates for this procedure are likely to actively participate in their rehabilitation and physical therapy following the procedure. Minimally invasive techniques are less suitable for those who are overweight, have had prior hip surgeries, or have a significant deformity of their hip joint.
If you consider yourself a candidate for minimally invasive hip replacement, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Hicken to discuss your options.
Recovery and Hospital Stay
The hospital stay for a minimally invasive procedure vs. the traditional procedure is similar, however, the recovery is drastically different. Those who are candidates for a minimally invasive hip replacement report a quicker recovery time than those who receive traditional hip replacements. During your recovery, it’s incredibly important to make physical therapy a priority. You’ll be given exercises to perform at home as well as perform exercises with your physical therapist. As you work closely with your physical therapist, go-to routine checkups with your surgeon, and take things easy for the first few weeks, you’ll continue to heal and get back to a life with less hip pain.
Because of the complex nature of this procedure, it’s important to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience in the area. As the only surgeon in Cache Valley who provides this option for hip replacement, you can trust Dr. Hicken to provide the outcome you’re hoping for. When you schedule your appointment with him, he’ll perform a series of diagnostic tests to gauge the severity of your injury. From there, he’ll recommend a treatment plan that will best benefit you. If surgery is recommended, you can rest assured that your health is in the best hands. Dr. Hicken’s main goal is to get you back to your active and pain-free life.
Schedule Your Appointment
It’s time to stop living in pain. We’re here to get you back on your feet and enjoying life again. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hicken, give us a call at 435-787-2000.